J. Ashwin Madia

Principal & Managing Attorney
Office: 612.349.2723  Fax: 612.235.3357  E-mail  Blog  Facebook  Twitter

I am a trial lawyer.  I’m grateful for the opportunity that I have to fight for justice on behalf of individuals going through hard times against some of the largest corporations in the country.


I got my start and training by fighting tough cases on behalf of some of the most desperate clients imaginable.  As a law student at New York University School of Law, I advocated on behalf of battered women trying to find protection, unemployed workers trying to make ends meet, and immigrants seeking asylum from torture. I also worked as a business litigator and gained experience in complex business litigation at two of the best litigation firms in the country – Faegre & Benson LLP and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP.

After graduating from law school, I joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served as judge advocate.  There is no better training ground for a trial lawyer – I tried over one-hundred felony and misdemeanor cases.  I spent most of my time defending young Marines who had made bad mistakes and were facing many years in prison.  I tried contested jury trials over and over again, obtaining exceptional results for my clients, including one of the first successful defenses of a Marine who was discriminated against based on sexual orientation.

I deployed to Iraq in 2005 and worked with the State Department, Justice Department, United Nations, European Union, and Iraqi judges and attorneys to help establish the rule of law in Iraq.  I served as a prosecutor when I returned from deployment in 2006 and gained even more trial experience, establishing guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in numerous jury trials.

Legal Experience

I joined Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP as a business and intellectual property litigator after my time in the Marine Corps concluded.  I gained experience representing corporations as large as Honeywell, General Electric, and US Bank and as small as mom and pop storefront businesses.

After running for Congress in 2008, I started my own practice because I believe in the rights of individuals to have a tough advocate in their corner against powerful interests.  Since opening my firm, I’ve been humbled and honored to represent some of the most decent people I’ve ever met, and win fights on behalf of people who suffered disability discrimination, racial discrimination, retaliation, sexual orientation discrimination, sexual harassment, age discrimination, and excessive force.


Juris Doctor (J.D.), 2002
New York University School of Law

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), 1999
University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
—President, Minnesota Student Association

High School Diploma, 1995
Osseo Senior High School

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights & Liberties
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Business & Securities Litigation
  • Wage & Hour Class and Collective Actions
  • Discrimination (Race, Color, Creed, Sex/Gender, Age, Disability, Sexual Orientation, National Origin and Citizenship, Familial and Martial Status, Religion, Veteran Status, Public Assistance Status, Genetic information, Retaliation)

Professional Associations

Bar Admission & Courts

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • United States District Court – District of Minnesota